Friday, August 30, 2019
How does Miller initially present Rodolpho? Essay
Miller initially presents Rodolpho through the use of description, dialogue, stage directions, structure and punctuation. Miller uses these techniques to present Rodolpho as a transgressive, Ã¢â¬ËunsicilianÃ¢â¬â¢ feminine character. Miller initially presents Rodolpho as a transgressive character through the use of dialogue. Miller attempts to draw the audienceÃ¢â¬â¢s attention towards RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s appearance when the character Catherine states; Ã¢â¬Å"How come heÃ¢â¬â¢s so dark and youÃ¢â¬â¢re so lightÃ¢â¬ . Miller contrasts RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s appearance with a traditional Sicilian man, Marco, suggesting that Rodolpho is Ã¢â¬Ëan outsiderÃ¢â¬â¢ in Sicilian culture. MillerÃ¢â¬â¢s notion is emphasised when Catherine, again, childishly states; Ã¢â¬Å"HeÃ¢â¬â¢s practically blond!Ã¢â¬ , the repetitive physical description suggests MillerÃ¢â¬â¢s desire for to audience to be drawn to RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬ËUnsicilianÃ¢â¬â¢ characteristic, furthered even more by CatherineÃ¢â¬â¢s dramatic reaction to RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s appearance, possibly indicating Rodolpho is the first blonde man she has seen, despite living in the overpopulated town of Red Hooke. Miller presents Rodolpho through the use of stage directions. Miller possibly compares RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s feminine characteristic to CatherineÃ¢â¬â¢s when Ã¢â¬Å"He [Rodolpho] helps B set out the coffee]Ã¢â¬ , compared to Ã¢â¬Å"[Catherine] continues ladling out the platesÃ¢â¬ . In a patriarchal society, this behaviour was frowned upon, much to EddieÃ¢â¬â¢s dismay. Miller could be using this comparison as prolepsis to when Eddie shouts Ã¢â¬Å"HeÃ¢â¬â¢s not rightÃ¢â¬ later on in the play, with the quote symbolising RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s feminine character. Another stage direction associated with Rodolpho; Ã¢â¬Å"(Smiling)Ã¢â¬ suggests Miller is content with presenting Rodolpho as a feminine character, as Miller appears to present emotion with connotations of feminine behaviour, much like Rodolpho is consistently presented. Miller here utilises the technique of dramatic irony, the audience understands that RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s feminine behaviour is frowned upon by Eddie, whilst Rodolpho himself is unaware, because of this tension builds up and one can argue that RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s role in this play is to build tension. Whilst RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s appearance differs from a traditional Sicilian man, Miller presents the initial impression that RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s behaviour is indecorous; through the use of structure and stage directions. RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s utterance length is consistently longer than MarcoÃ¢â¬â¢s, and even the patriarch Eddie. In contrast, Marco, an example of a true Sicilian man speaks short Mono-syllabic sentences. Not only does the logorrheic Rodolpho have a long utterance length, Miller often punctuates RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s sentences with exclamation marks .This subtle use of punctuation highlights RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬ËemotionÃ¢â¬â¢ and Ã¢â¬ËpassionÃ¢â¬â¢, arguably a stereotypical Italian quality but when contrasted to the emotionless Ã¢â¬Å"suspicious, quite-voicedÃ¢â¬ Marco, an example of transgressive behaviour. Miller confirms RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s behaviour is indecorous in Sicilian culture when Eddies is Ã¢â¬Å"coming to address Marco more and moreÃ¢â¬ , the patriarch of the house does not approve of RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s behaviour but in comparison accepts the directly contrasting character, Marco. To conclude, Rodolpho is initially presented as a transgressive character through the use of dialogue, description, structure, punctuation and finally stage directions. Miller possibly choses to contrast Rodolpho with Marco to highlight the differences between American and Sicilian culture, RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s behaviours maybe perceived as wrong in Sicilian culture but acceptable in an American society. On the other hand, Miller maybe equally trying to educate the, mainly American, audience about Sicilian culture. I think that the use of description was especially effective at indicating to the audience that Rodolpho was Ã¢â¬Ëthe outsiderÃ¢â¬â¢ and possibly the centre of any drama. I do not think that MillerÃ¢â¬â¢s use of punctuation and stage directions are effective for a modern day audience because in an Ã¢â¬ËAmericanisedÃ¢â¬â¢ society, RodolphoÃ¢â¬â¢s behaviour is acceptable whereas when the play was shown to its original audience, MillerÃ¢â¬â¢s use of stage directions would have been more effective. Overall, though, I think Miller has presented Miller initially as a transgressive character, and has done so very effectively.